Dedicated to the rich storytelling of the South Pacific, New Zealand-based Black Grace masterfully blends contemporary and Samoan dance genres. This program includes “O Le Olaga – Life”, a tribute to Ieremia’s parents, “Fatu”, a new work inspired by the work of Samoan painter and sculptor Fatu Akelei Feu’u, and “Minoi”, a high-energy virtuosic work.

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Learn more about indigenous dance with the PillowVoices episode Native Contemporary Dance: No Longer in Sepia Tones, featuring Neil Ieremia.

Read Our New Dance Interactive Essay

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Read Caroline Hamilton’s essay The Jacob’s Pillow Costume Collection, on dance costumes from the early 20th century.


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Black Grace; photo Jamie Kraus.